Cocoon “Now, you want to let the Spiral go?!” yells Dilasa. “It has to die.”

“It’s already dead, Dilasa,” I answer quietly. “The group mind is shattered, and the energy gone.” “Only a few spirits remain.”

“I don’t care,” she says. “Kill them all.”

“The remaining spirits are too weak to join together again, […]

Death Cry

  Lost Mayru I return to Keesha’s ship, and share my memories of the Mayru, growers of stars, children of the star spirits.

“How will they help us defeat the Spiral, ina?” asks Dilasa.

“I don’t know,” I answer, frustrated, “but their destiny is tied up with ours.”

“Let’s look for a vision,” she suggests. […]

Oceans of Fire and Light

  A Good Death Dilasa and I walk again on Sinesu, among shattered, blood-stained pieces of Sindar’s monument. Nearby, one of the large, automated weapons sits, quiet and dark. Part of the vision has come true Wisten is dead and the monument gone, but the town survives with little damage, and we’ve driven away the […]

Star Shadow

  Star Map Morning comes. I walk around the starship as it rests on the sand, not far from the waves of the inland sea. Mayla’s new design is fast, elegant, and beautiful. The ship is eighty feet in diameter, reddish-gold, black, silver, and green.

When the city was built, no one planned to launch […]

Star Voice

  Away Shazira is furious. “You’re leaving?!”

I repeat what Mayla told us, and I try to explain, but Shazira continues to yell at me. Tzina and Dilasa come to our room, surprised by the yelling they hear when I open the privacy shield. Shazira stops when she sees the children.

“What’s wrong?” asks Dilasa […]